1st coral- when did you add it?

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when did you add your first coral and why

Poll closed Dec 30, 2009.
  1. within 1 month of set up

    35 vote(s)
    38.5%
  2. within 3 months of set up

    36 vote(s)
    39.6%
  3. within 6 months of set up

    7 vote(s)
    7.7%
  4. after 6 months of set up

    13 vote(s)
    14.3%
  1. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi all

    in order to help newcomers to the world of reef keeping
    this months poll is designed to ascertain, when you added your 1st coral

    if you could post indicating what coral it was, when you added, and why you chose to add it at that time, that would be excellent

    Thanks in advance

    Steve
     
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  3. Peredhil

    Peredhil Giant Squid

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    I waited until my nitrates dropped to 20 before I started adding my first coral. It happened to be 4 months old at that point.

    I knew bc of my nitrates and my extreme inexperience I was going to go with softies.

    A coworker told me he would hook me up with some starters from his tank. So I got:

    colt, mushrooms, xenia, anthelia, gsp


    I have since regretted the xenia, anthelia, and gsp. Due to spreading.

    I have rid my tank completely of Xenia nowadays, anthelia is trapped to one isolated location (both were annoying battles) and I am currently nuking a lot of rock to get rid of GSP. I did move some pieces of GSP to back glass though - wish I would have just done that to begin with!

    Anyway, beware those corals spread and spread fast. Plan accordingly.
     
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  4. yamaharider73

    yamaharider73 Kole Tang

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    I added a mushroom leather after about month. then a couple of shrooms. Still have them now. I was told they were pretty easy for a beginner.
     
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  5. NU-2reef

    NU-2reef Montipora Digitata

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    do hitchiker palys count?if so then right from the start. still alive and thriving.

    otherwise i waited 2 months after cycle. mainly just to do some reading. decided to start with some mushrooms and zoas for easycare
     
  6. m_hsiao

    m_hsiao Purple Spiny Lobster

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    2 weeks my frogspawn! still alive and thriving after 1 year+ ! :D
     
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  7. Jm'sRSM

    Jm'sRSM Fire Shrimp

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    does moving a tank count? if so day one. used new sand and at least 70% was new water.
     
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  9. the fisherman

    the fisherman Vlamingii Tang

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    I added my first coral after 3 months. They were gsp and some red mushrooms. The guy at my lfs told me they were easy to keep and now just like Peredhil I regretted adding them to my tank.
     
  10. ibefishy

    ibefishy Montipora Capricornis

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    I got lucky when I set mine up and used fully cured rock from my brothers tank that he was taking down. The rocks came with some mushrooms, palys and zoas. After I put all the rock in a Xenia was first about 2 days later. Then came an elephant ear which I still have. I bought it about the size of a silver dollar and now when it is stretched out it is the size of a large dinner plate. I have to feed it once every 2 weeks 1/2 a large shrimp. It takes up the whole back corner and side of my tank.
     
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  11. jakeh24

    jakeh24 Pajama Cardinal

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    i added some xenia after my cycle was over
    lasted awhile until i got cyano
     
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  12. JJK

    JJK Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    4 months - kenya tree, green hairy mushrooms. They started me down a slippery slope
     
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